The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Our Lord cannot, in fact, act in any manner that violates His Scriptural declarations and promises. His nature and character guide His communication according to the pristine purity of "every word" purely reflecting every aspect of who He is."
God's working in our lives will never contradict His Word.
"Let Thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even Thy salvation, according to Thy Word" (Psalm 119:41).
Our Lord's ways will, however, sometimes contradict our understanding of His Word. The Psalmist asked in bewilderment, "Why standest Thou afar off, O Lord? Why hidest Thou Thyself in times of trouble?" (Psalm 10:1). Of course, rather than standing far off in times of trouble, God draws close as "a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). His ways, however, so vastly transcend our understanding that sometimes His workings may not seem to align with His Word.
This is never actually the case. "Every word of God is pure" (Proverbs 30:5). Our Lord cannot, in fact, act in any manner that violates His Scriptural declarations and promises. His nature and character guide His communication according to the pristine purity of "every word" purely reflecting every aspect of who He is. We must plant this truth deeply in our hearts and minds as a primary doctrinal and personal affirmation. Many times, the "hard things" of our Heavenly Father's hand may puzzle us to the degree we seem to "drink the wine of astonishment" (Psalm 60:3). In such times, we must trust His heart when His hand greatly transcends our understanding. We will find this challenging if we have not made it our conviction of faith that "as for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31). His mercies will come to us accordingly to His Word. Whether we perceive them as mercies largely depends on whether we have acknowledged and accepted the truth that no possibility exists of God violating the integrity of Scripture. Indeed, when holding the Bible in our hands and seeking to hide it within our heart, even the slightest seeming contradiction must be attributed to user error and not to the Author. "Thy Word is true from the beginning, and every one of Thy righteous judgments endureth for ever" (Psalm 119:160).
Let us settle the the matter in heart and mind, and in accordance with Scripture. "God cannot lie." "The Scripture cannot be broken." "Thy Word is truth." "Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth." "All the promises of God in Him are yea" (Titus 1:2; John 10:35; John 17:17; Isaiah 25:1; II Corinthians 1:20). On and on, the Bible affirms the perfection of truth its Author inspired. We will not always perceive the perfection, and "hard things" will tempt us to wonder. By God's grace, however, let us never wander from the certainty that our Lord is true. His Word is true. This we can know of His heart, even in those times when we cannot understand the ways of His hand.
"For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."
(I Thessalonians 2:13)
Weekly Memory Verse
For though He was crucified through weakness, yet He liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
(II Corinthians 13:4)